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The 5 Things You Should Know About Buying Champagne

December 21st, 2016

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Jessica Sanders is a professional champagne drinker and the co-owner of the award-winning bars drink.well. and Backbeat in Austin, Texas. 

From Jessica: I should have known long ago that I was destined to work in the liquor business. When I was a little girl, I never had tea parties. Instead, my dolls and I would clink empty plastic champagne coupes from the 99 cents store after having just emerged from my fictitious limousine (also known as my TYCO tricycle) after a fabulous date night out with my sweetheart Ken doll. Even at 5 years old, I knew that drinking champagne signified something elegant. It meant being fancy.

Fortunately, now that I’m an adult, I have learned that you don’t need a special occasion or a mink jacket in order to enjoy a delicious glass of bubbles. A chilled bottle in the fridge of my favorite sparkling wine has become as commonplace as eggs and almond milk. Over the years, I’ve become more and more passionate about learning about these wines and have picked up a few tricks of the trade along the way.

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  1. Lauren C says:

    @Jessica – Do you have some favorites you can recommend from each category?

    • Amy says:

      I was wondering the same thing :). Would love to hear recommendations at different price points as well. This was super informative- thank you!

  2. npharney says:

    Really interesting, I, unsurprisingly, don’t have champagne that often but I’ll now go into buying it so much more knowledgeable

    – Natalie

  3. Sophie says:

    Epernay 😉

  4. katrina says:

    Do you have some favorites you can recommend from each category?

  5. katrina says:

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  6. Mara says:

    Pol Roger is my favorite for around 50 or 60 dollars.

  7. BeBop4000 says:

    For reasons I will NOT go into here, the last drink I had was April 6, 1986. HOWEVER, I love food, I love drink, and I love the pairing of the two….as a spectator these days. I did, however, as Best Man at my dear friends wedding in the heart of France, toasted the bride and groom appropriately, and very inconspicuously, swirled the amazing old bottle of wine from the cellar of the bride’s father, and (having prepared earlier for such an inevitability, spit it out into a glass hidden behind me). DAMN ! IT WAS AMAZING ! I must compliment you on this article on Champagne and it’s Italian and Spanish cousins. You have managed to condense a writing on of of the most wonderful beverages known to mankind, into a concise and informative package. SALUT!
    I remember my LAST drink,and I can only offer conjecture, in deference to my propensity for overindulgence, that my NEXT drink I order, shall be a CASE of Krug Grand Cuvee and a FIRE AX ! Thank you for a wonderfully concise treatment of an extraordinary offspring of the grape, Champagne.

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